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Fashion for Good in Asia

Tailored support to help companies move innovations to commercial scale.

6th April 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Mumbai, India

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Fashion for Good has selected seven companies to participate in its 2022 Asia Innovation Programme.

Chosen by Fashion for Good brand and manufacturing partners during a hybrid digital/in-person event in Mumbai from a group of global innovators, the nine-month programme will provide the participants with tailored support to help them scale by matching them with relevant industry partners to drive piloting, implementation, and investing activities.

The selected companies joining the programme are:

-An Herbals of India, which has patented circular herbal dye extraction, herbal dyeing and bioprocessing technology. It converts waste from the forest, food and ayurvedic medicine industries into dyes that are non-toxic with self-binding, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti odour, UV resistant and mosquito repellent properties for up to 50 washes in all textiles.

-Fermentech Labs, also of India, is addressing the disposal of agricultural and forest residues, such as straw, peels and pine needles, through a patented biotechnology using microorganisms. It converts organic waste, otherwise destined for incineration, into industrial enzymes that are used for textile bio-polishing, desizing and bio-scouring.

-Gaiacel of the USA, which is developing a technology to make the industrial rope and slasher dyeing processes sustainable and cost-effective. A patented nanocellulose hydrogel along with dye particles sticks to textile surfaces and eliminates the need for multiple dipping, indigo reduction and additional chemicals. The process is less water and energy intensive compared to conventional indigo dyeing.

-Picvisa, of Spain, which is developing solutions based on robotics, artificial intelligence and vision that can classify textiles by composition and colour.

-India’s Sodhani Biotech, which produces non-toxic chemical free natural dyes and colours from plants, plant waste and microorganisms. The company produces 16 natural dye extracts using optimised extraction processes that have resulted in better yields, a wider range of shades, better water solubility and good colour fastness for printing and dyeing applications.

-UKHI Hemp Foundation, an Indian farm-to-market company, producing more than five hundred products from hemp, including textiles, papers, bioplastics, composites, food products and medicines. The aim is to improve farmer and artisan livelihoods by training them to cultivate hemp and produce fabrics with higher hemp content using improvised fibre extraction processes.

-Vaayu, of Germany, which has developed the world’s first automated carbon-tracking software for retailers, enabling businesses to reduce their footprint by providing accessible, real-time data to drive carbon-reduction at scale.

“We are extremely excited to kick off our third year in Asia and continue to generate tangible impact in the region with the addition of these seven new innovations,” said Priyanka Khanna, head of Asia expansion at Fashion for Good. “ By providing them with a platform to learn and grow, and connecting them with leading industry players, the programme offers an opportunity to drive the implementation of solutions in the supply chain at scale.”

As with previous selections, these companies receive bespoke support based on the immediate requirement of each, as well as exposure to corporate partners and industry ecosystem players vital to continued growth and development.

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